The Art Institutes Goes Behind-the-Scenes at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

By: Tiffany Young

June 9, 2017

The Art Institutes was invited to attend NASA’s Social launch event on June 3 to witness SpaceX CRS-11 liftoff from the historic launch pad at Kennedy Space Center on Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The weather scrubbed the original launch date of June 1 and the team gave it another try two days later. The mission was to send the Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS), marking this to be NASA’s 11th commercial resupply services mission to ISS. The spacecraft delivered 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware. 


The NASA Social event came with some perks. NASA’s social media team led guided tours and a press briefing with several NASA engineers and NASA’s Acting Administrator. 

First stop was off to the Launch Control Center that includes four separate firing rooms and the location of where the Apollo Program and the Shuttle Program took place. The group then headed to the Vehicle Assembly Building. This building is the largest building in the world by volume at the time it was built. It was used to assemble the Apollo Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle.

The Dragon spacecraft will remain at the space station until July 2, when it will return to Earth with research and cargo, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.

Click below to view the video of the launch. For more information about SpaceX’s mission, click here.


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By: Tiffany Young

June 9, 2017